United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc.

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United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc.

EIN: 56-0576157


VISION A united and resilient community where everyone belongs and everyone thrives. MISSION We mobilize and support a robust network of people, partners, and resources to co-create opportunities for every person in our community to live free from poverty and injustice. FOCUS We employ the community school strategy as the organizing framework for elevating student success, supporting families, and engaging communities throughout Buncombe County.

Notes from the nonprofit

In June of 1921, in the immediate aftermath of WWI, a crippling pandemic, and a historic 100-year flood, community leaders from five civic organizations came together to form the Asheville “Community Chest”—the first of its kind in North Carolina. The principle was both simple and powerful: they would unite their fundraising efforts into a single, community-wide campaign, the proceeds of which would support local agencies engaged directly in vital community recovery efforts. One hundred years later, in the face of severe economic, social and public health challenges wrought by the Coronavirus pandemic, that same body still pursues the same, fundamental purpose: uniting our community to confront challenges that no single individual or agency can solve alone.

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Mr. Dan Leroy

Main address

50 South French Broad Ave

Asheville, NC 28801 USA

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Subject area info



Community and economic development

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth



NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Investments and Partnerships

We believe it is critical that we invest community dollars into organizations and programs that provide strong support for the education, financial stability and health of everyone in our community, from infants to elders. Through grants and contracts, we invest in the work of more than 30 local nonprofits.

Population(s) Served

We mobilize and support a robust network of people, partners, and resources to co-create opportunities for every person in our community to live free from poverty and injustice. This is why we've chosen the United for Youth Network and Community Schools as the organizing framework for elevating student success, supporting families, and engaging communities throughout Buncombe County.

United Way supports investments in seven Community Schools in Asheville and Buncombe County. The locations include Asheville Middle, Enka Middle, Owen Middle, Erwin Middle, A.C. Reynolds Middle, North Buncombe, and Asheville High/SILSA.

Population(s) Served

The volunteer center of United Way, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, makes it easy to get involved in meaningful volunteer opportunities with local nonprofit organizations and Community Schools. With hundreds of opportunities made available each month, it's easy to connect with a cause that fits your interests and schedule.

Population(s) Served

NC 211 is an information and referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina. Families and individuals in all 100 counties in North Carolina can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services within their community. Available in most languages, NC 211 is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is proud to serve as a supportive partner and call center to United Way of NC in the delivery of this service.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of visits to school-based health centers by students and families.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This is a new service.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Community Nights had to be dialed back due to the pandemic so we are reestablishing this experience.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The core focus of our work is to provide leadership, alignment, and support for United for Youth and Community Schools to elevate student success, support families, and engage communities throughout Buncombe County.

Using the power of collective impact we serve as a backbone of support to a growing network of "cradle to career" partners working under the umbrella of United for Youth. United for Youth partners are working together to ensure that by 2035, ALL Asheville City and Buncombe County students graduate from high school ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams. This is about creating change at scale. To do this United Way staff wake up every day to make sure the partners are aligning efforts, developing and using shared measurement practices, coordinating communication, and leveraging the power of our community.

Community Schools is our unique contribution to this community. We currently have staff placed at 7 different schools across the county. Their job is to bring together the partners and resources needed to ensure that these schools are seen as welcoming and supportive places for youth and families.

Community Investments come in a variety of forms but our team works with our community to decide how to invest our resources in services that are needed. One example is the growing need for mental health support for youth. We've contracted with local providers to help increase the supply of counselors available in our schools.

And finally our Volunteer Center (Hands On Asheville-Buncombe) mobilizes community members to help support a wide array of projects that support youth and families.

Since its founding in 1921, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (UWABC) has been known as a convener — bringing together the necessary people and resources needed to tackle crucial community issues and connect people to the support they need.

Today we are working to align resources and partnerships in 7 Community Schools, and our support for a growing network of community partners within United for Youth has us taking a more hands-on approach to working in and with our community.

In fact, recognizing that education and equity are inseparable and key to our vision of a united and resilient community where everyone belongs and everyone thrives, the community school strategy now serves as United Way’s central organizing framework.

A few highlights:

With support and funding from United Way, school-based health centers in four schools received approximately 1,730 visits from students and families last year.

Across the Community Schools, over 450 students participated in mentor groups led by community partners and 174 utilized student support groups through Access Family Services.

And in collaboration with school administrators, UWABC staff coordinated 103 Community Nights, reaching over 1,100 participants from at least 45 neighborhoods.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome


United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 Financial Statements and Supplementary Information Years ended June 30, 2022 and 2021 2020 2019 990
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.93 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 28% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $795,188 -$187,072 $432,671 $393,265 $512,052
As % of expenses 16.8% -3.9% 10.8% 7.3% 9.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $739,045 -$244,170 $380,551 $360,448 $475,555
As % of expenses 15.4% -5.1% 9.4% 6.7% 8.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $5,922,187 $5,177,299 $4,276,781 $6,101,037 $6,267,887
Total revenue, % change over prior year 12.1% -12.6% -17.4% 42.7% 2.7%
Program services revenue 4.8% 5.8% 6.9% 6.9% 8.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.7% 1.0% 1.3% 0.2% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 9.8% 6.7%
All other grants and contributions 91.3% 92.3% 89.7% 79.3% 81.2%
Other revenue 2.2% 0.9% 2.1% 3.8% 3.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $4,728,834 $4,738,203 $4,005,635 $5,376,002 $5,441,518
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.5% 0.2% -15.5% 34.2% 1.2%
Personnel 44.2% 47.9% 59.5% 54.3% 58.6%
Professional fees 2.0% 1.6% 2.4% 3.7% 4.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.2% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Pass-through 40.9% 37.7% 23.1% 33.4% 22.3%
All other expenses 12.6% 12.5% 14.8% 8.4% 14.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,784,977 $4,795,301 $4,057,755 $5,408,819 $5,478,015
One month of savings $394,070 $394,850 $333,803 $448,000 $453,460
Debt principal payment $0 $247,149 $196,651 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $5,179,047 $5,437,300 $4,588,209 $5,856,819 $5,931,475

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.6 0.6 0.7 1.3 1.3
Months of cash and investments 9.1 9.1 11.4 11.1 9.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.2 6.7 9.3 7.9 8.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $239,762 $234,141 $249,572 $577,087 $593,787
Investments $3,353,626 $3,359,209 $3,557,895 $4,392,848 $3,826,594
Receivables $2,096,772 $1,953,105 $1,139,819 $1,709,348 $1,923,333
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,541,067 $3,541,839 $3,544,844 $3,544,844 $3,593,377
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 47.3% 48.8% 51.1% 53.4% 54.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 28.0% 23.5% 16.2% 18.2% 14.7%
Unrestricted net assets $4,688,743 $4,444,573 $4,825,124 $5,185,572 $5,661,127
Temporarily restricted net assets $795,979 $1,205,508 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $795,979 $1,205,508 $789,149 $1,632,639 $1,150,549
Total net assets $5,484,722 $5,650,081 $5,614,273 $6,818,211 $6,811,676

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President and CEO

Mr. Dan Leroy

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Himanshu Karvir

Virtelle Hospitality

Term: 2023 - 2025

Susanne Swanger

retired Buncombe County Schools

Heather Goldstein

Van Winkle Law Firm

Andy Gmitter

Debra Campbell

City of Asheville

Angelica Wind

NC Counts Coalition

Amy Bibby

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Sheila Christofalus

Edward Jones

Chip Craig

GreyBeard Realty

Jamye Davis

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Dionne Greenlee-Jones

Impact Health

Dr. William Hathaway


Melissa Hedt

Asheville City Schools

Tyshaun Johnson

Asheville Parks and Recreation

Kevin McDonald


Zo Mpofu

NC Public Health Association

Emma Olsen

NC Center for Health and Wellness

Ashley Smith

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Julie Smith

Beverly Hanks Realty

John Sutton

The Sutton Firm

Glenn Wilcox

Wilcox World Travel

Khabonina Beresford


Tim Bugg

Capstone Health Alliance

Giannina Callejas

Center for Paticipatory Change

Amy Hanks

Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks Realtors

Layton Hower

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Reed

Buncombe County Schools

Maui Vang

Independent Financial Planner

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/07/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.